Pumpkin Patch Open
The youth are sending out a big thank you to all who helped unload pumpkins last Sunday afternoon. We so appreciate your efforts and commitment to the youth of the church. Through October, the Pumpkin Patch will be operating seven days a week. During weekdays, the patch will be open from 3 to 8 PM; on Saturdays, from 10 AM to 8 PM; and on Sundays, from Noon to 8 PM.

Adult volunteers are needed to help the time that the youth will not be able to serve—usually in the afternoons before our young people are home from school. We need to have at least one supervising adult on the lot at all times. Please consider working one or more 2-hour shifts during the next few weeks to help us out. The sign-up book will be at the patch, and it will also be available on Sunday mornings at the church. Contact our youth leader, Rick Phillips, at 503-7933, to find out which shifts are most needed.

News from the Pastor
Pastor Merritt’s daughter is building a new house in the area, and the pastor’s entire family will be moving in early December once the house is ready for occupancy. The new home is within ten minutes of the church, and the pastor will continue to live nearby in case of emergency. We wish the pastor, his daughter, and his grandson good luck on this new adventure.

Care Committee Meets Thursday, October 23rd
The next Care Committee will be held on Thursday, October23rd at the home of Connie Mosley, 9720 Lorrayne Road. Dinner will be served by 6:30 PM, and the meeting will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. New ideas for special events and other activities are welcome.

RUMC’s Talent Show Coming November 1st
Do you have a talent? Can you sing, dance, tell a story or a joke, tumble, break a brick with your hand, or read a poem? If so, you can display your talent proudly at the RUMC talent show to be held on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM in Crichton Hall. Contact Kim or Gary Floyd to be included in the show.

Even if you have no talent, come for the light refreshments, the fellowship and the entertainment anyway. This event is sponsored by the RUMC United Methodist Women and all donations will go to World Missions. See everyone there.​

Register for the March Women’s Retreat
The Riverview United Methodist Women are planning to send a group to the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat on March 20-22, 2015 in Fruitland Park, Florida. If you are interested in attending, you must notify Kim Floyd, the President of our church’s UMW chapter. We are trying to get our registrations in as early as possible, since this mid-March retreat fills up quickly.

Billy Graham Gospel Special
A television special will be airing during the week of November 7th. It is sponsored by the Billy Graham evangelical organization. We’ll provide you more detailed scheduling information as it becomes available. What a wonderful to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with our friends and family.


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Bible Message of the Week
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Jesus told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’

“Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, ‘God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.’”

Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”

Luke 18:9-14 (The Message)

Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 23
Care Committee Meeting.  Connie Mosley’s home, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, October 28
SPRC Meeting.  Church Library, 6:30 PM.

Saturday, November 1
UMC Webcast. Human Sexuality and Church Unity. 9-11 AM.
RUMC Talent Show.  Crichton Hall, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, November 4
RUMC Charge Conference.  Sanctuary, 6:45 PM.

Saturday, November 8
Workday.  Church grounds and buildings, 9 AM-2 PM. (We will be getting ready for the Harvest Festival.

Tuesday, November 11
Church Council Meeting.  Library, 7:00 PM.

Saturday, November 15
Harvest Festival.  Throughout the church, 10 AM—5 PM.
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Download the October, 2014 BELL Newsletter from this link.

View Pictures of our 2014 Pumpkin Patch on this webpage.
ATTENTION: CRAFTERS

We are still offering a limited number of outside booth spaces at various locations on our church grounds. Space for a 12’ by 12’ crafter tent area will rent for $25. All proceeds from the Harvest Festival will go towards the work of United Methodist missions. 

There are booth space contracts available here. Remaining booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as signed contracts and rental fees are received. All submissions must be received by October 30, 2014.

We have set up a special email account to service the Harvest Festival. Contact the organizers if you want more information about renting table or booth space, want to volunteer to help with the event, or even if you have suggestions about how to make this event even better. Or you can contact us by phone at (813) 579-8541. We’d love to hear from you.
ATTENTION:  UMC Live Webcast, November 1st

The United Methodist Church will address the issues of human sexuality and church unity on Saturday, November 1st. They will present a webcast, livestreamed from 9 AM until 11 AM.

Some background: Because of recent court actions, more than half of U.S. states likely will soon have some form of legalized same-gender civil marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 6 declined to review appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five more states. That move effectively extends same-gender civil marriage to 30 states.

Resolving our denomination’s long running debate about human sexuality—and especially about same-sex marriages—requires that more United Methodist’s become part of the conversation. That’s why a panel of seven UMC bishops and other leaders will streaming an online panel discussion. They are inviting other United Methodists to participate. The panel discussion will be chaired by Bishop Bruce R. Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Conference. The early Saturday time was picked in order to maximize participation from around the world.

More information about this webcast can be found at this UMC webpage.